Various heads of courts have released operational schedules for Judges
during the 42 days lockdown.
On Monday, Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo suspended the hearing
of all court cases including election petitions for 42 days.
According to the circular issued, Owiny-Dollo, the suspension is being done in
line with the directives issued by President Yoweri Museveni on June 6th 2021
for the prevention and mitigation of the spread of COVID-19.
Museveni on Sunday issued several guidelines including the closure
of education and religious facilities, banning cross border district movements,
meetings of more than 20 people.
According to the schedules drafted separately by different heads
of courts and seen by URN, each Judge will be working for seven days rotational
and other Judges also follow in shifts except at the Court of Appeal where only
two Justices are the ones fixed to work for the 42 days.
The schedule dated June 10, 2021, issued by the head of High Court
International Crimes Division Justice David Wangutusi shows that he will be on duty from
June 14 to June 18, 2021, with only six support staff including a bodyguard,
driver, Research Assistant, Court Clerk, Secretary and Office Attendant.
His Deputy Dr Andrew Bashaija will carry on from 21st June to June
25 2021, followed by Justice Vincent Okwanga from July 5 to July 9, 2021, and
Lady Justice Susan Okalany from 28 June to 2 July 2021.
At the Land Division, Justice Eudes J. Keitirima will work the
first week together with Deputy Registrar Flavia Nabakooza. In the second week it
will be Justice Henry Kaweesa together with Assistant Registrar Erias Kakooza,
then in the third week Justice Yasin Nyanzi, followed by Justice Alexandra
Nkonge, Justice Patricia Basaza Wasswa, Justice Cornelia Kakooza Sabiiti,
Lady Justice Olive Kazaarwe and Immaculate Busingye who will be working in that
order up to July 30, 2021.
At the Civil Division of High Court, Justice Musa Ssekaana will
start the first week, Lady Justice Esta Nambayo in the second week followed by
Justice Emmanuel Baguma, Boniface Wamala and lastly Phillip Odoki. These Judges will be on duty together with
Court Registrars Jamson Karemani and Agnes Alum one at a time.
At Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court, they are also working in shifts with
two Grade One Magistrate per week starting June 14th 2021.
According to the schedule, Grade One Magistrates Asuman Muhumuza
and Gladys Kamasanyu will start on Monday, followed by Grade One Magistrates
Marion Mangeni and Fidelis Otwao then Doreen Olga Karungi with Muhumuza and
then others will repeat after.
Unlike at other courts where each Judge of the Division is fixed
at a certain time, the Court of Appeal schedule shows that only two out of the
14 Justices will be on duty for the 42 days together with a few of the
support staff and one Registrar.
The Schedule drafted by Susan Kanyange the Registrar Court of
Appeal indicates that Justice Christopher Izama Madrama will work from June 8th
to 30th June 2021 and Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire from July 1to July 31.
According to Judiciary Public Relations Officer Jamson Karemani, none of the
Judges who will be on duty will be handling old matters but will be attending
to only new cases brought by litigants. He encouraged those with cases at the written
submissions stage to continue sending them via email to the Judges.
He thus advised court users not to come to court expecting a hearing
of old cases.